BLOG SPAT. Barrel of Fish complains about a hostile climate for conservatives in the academy. Cal Pundit has doubts, the SCSU Scholars comment, John Lemon responds. I know of no cases of economists being denied tenure account their political views. I also wish my colleagues would think a little more creatively than wine and cheese receptions, but those who would grouse about their colleagues' narrow range of outside interests just have to get out a bit more.